First-year Myers Park coach Scott Chadwick preached to his team during the preseason that the way they responded to adversity would determine the success of their season.
The Mustangs responded well Friday in their season-opening 21-7 win at Olympic, holding the host Trojans to 13 yards in the second half after giving up an interception for a touchdown.
“It wasn’t pretty,” Chadwick said. “But I couldn’t ask for a better fight. We overcame some adversity, much of it our own doing, but stayed together and never got down on each other.”
It was a sloppy opener for both teams, which combined for eight turnovers (five from Myers Park, three for Olympic). Olympic committed 14 penalties for 90 yards, many of them false starts.
Myers Park led 7-0 at the half, but on the second play of the third quarter Joe Lamar intercepted a pass from Clay Norris at midfield, ran to his right and went down the sideline for a touchdown to tie the game 7-7.
On Myers Park’s next offensive play Norris was intercepted again, this time at the Mustangs 35-yard line, but the Myers Park defense intercepted Lamar two plays later to end the threat.
Late in the third quarter the game turned in Myers Park’s favor. Cartavious Lawrence-Gaddy fielded a punt at his own 15 and returned it 50 yards to the Trojans 35. On the next play, Dominique Washington went up the middle nearly untouched for a touchdown to give Myers Park a lead they would never relinquish.
Norris capped the scoring with 1 minute, 55 seconds remaining with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Colby Williams.
Myers Park’s defense was the story in the second half, allowing one first down and forcing six plays for negative yardage.
“The two biggest plays I think were that interception and the punt return,” Chadwick said, “but defensively we were good all night. This was an important win for these kids and our program.”
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